15th July 1978
First impressions of Greece Athens are something else. I'm not talking about the things to see. There are plenty of those. But the people here are so aggressive. We had a number of conflicts from the moment we landed. The worst was getting Mum off the plain.
This one guy was determined to carry mum down the stairs in her chair. I gave in but I shouldn't have. She was terrified. There was a blatant refusal to accept that mum could walk down and even taking her in the chair could have been much better handled by me, who knew what I was doing.
I know, I know they were only trying to show respect to an old disabled Lady and I am trying to take into account the differences in culture, but this was not the only conflict we had.
We didn't really have time to look at much on our trip to the hotel. Everything just kind of whizzed past on the trip there. But there is no doubt that there is a lot to see here.
We begin the cruise tomorrow.